->''And the reason that she loved him was the reason I loved him too.\\
And he never wondered what was right or wrong. He just knew.''

-->--'''David Crosby and Phil Collins''', "Hero"

Bob is a hero.

Scratch that. Bob is ''the'' hero.

He fights with honor -- he never kicks opponents while they're down or uses dirty tricks to win a confrontation. If he takes to the battlefield, he fights with appropriate force and despairs having to see any bloodshed. His goodness is genuine, not some con, and he will always make the right choice [[WhatYouAreInTheDark even when people would never know he made the wrong one]]. He looks out for the little guy, stands up for what's morally correct, and serves as the role model for heroes -- being their standard-bearer, in many ways -- and as a beacon of character for villians -- even prompting [[HeelFaceTurn villains to give up their immoral ways]].

The Ideal Hero is seen quite often in children's media, to the point where you could call it common. Oftentimes, the Ideal Hero in such stories will get rewarded, and plentifully so, for being a good guy through and through. What's more, [[IncorruptiblePurePureness he never struggles with himself]], being TheHero from sunrise to sunset.

In stories for adult audiences, things are not that simple. Usually, the Ideal Hero does what he does because it's the right way to live. [[DudeWheresMyReward He gets rewarded for it less often]] (sometimes ''far'' less often) than not. What's more, he may even struggle with himself to make the right choice -- but always (or almost always) makes the right choice in the end.

Done wrong, Bob can exemplify any of an array of the worst of good guy tropes, like StupidGood, LawfulStupid, and -- in the worst cases -- even a KnightTemplar who refuses to allow any deviation from his strict moral code.

At one time, probably a DeadHorseTrope, but the Ideal Hero has been [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] and [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] to the point that it's [[CyclicTrope experiencing a quiet resurgence of popularity]], mostly as a [[ReconstructedTrope reconstruction]], but sometimes simply played straight.

SuperTrope to AllLovingHero, TheCape, KnightInShiningArmor, and CaptainPatriotic. While TheHero is often an Ideal Hero, the former is the role a character occupies in a group while the latter is a character personality. See also StandardizedLeader. Contrast AntiHero and ClassicVillain. Can overlap to some degree with one of either MartialPacifist, TechnicalPacifist, or ActualPacifist.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* Kenshiro in ''FistOfTheNorthStar''. [[IncorruptiblePurePureness Incorruptible]], [[PapaWolf protective of]] [[FriendToAllChildren all children]] [[WifeBasherBasher and women]], [[TheFettered intolerant of evil]] and [[TheMessiah dedicated to bringing hope and joy to a world ravaged by nuclear fire]]. Anyone who knows his name cries [[TearsOfJoy joyful tears]] when he walks into town.
* [[Manga/DragonBall Akira Toriyama]] seemed to be unable to decide if Goku was this or a (thoroughly benign and heroic) BloodKnight ManChild.
** Specifically, Goku himself fulfills the trope by being the best man you'll ever meet or hear of, but will focus on his training to the exclusion of everything else, sometimes including family. This is justified by Earth coming under regular attack by superbeings both terrestrial and extraterrestrial, and the fact that Goku is, in practice, the BigGood of the ''universe'' at the end of the series (he's kinda busy sometimes).
* The title character of ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion''.
* Definitely Fudou Yuusei from ''Yugioh5Ds''. He wins every duel, is level-headed, always plays by the rules, always looks out for those in trouble, and generally ends up being liked by any non-villain who holds more than three minutes of conversation with him.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'': Taiki Kudo would count. He lives to help anyone in need, and refuses to "turn his back on anyone", and strongly believes in the good of people and digimon.
* Jonathan Joestar from ''Manga/JojosBizarreAdventure'', he is merciful, polite and benevolent, and will always invoke DefeatEqualsFriendship to his enemies. This is compared to...[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold most]] [[GoodIsNotNice of]] [[AntiHero his]] [[SirSwearsALot descendants]] who do not share his lofty ideals.
* Daiya Tsuwubuki of ''Anime/GaikingLegendOfDaikuMaryu'' always fights fair, never loses sight of his goal, and always tries to help people in his actions. He never uses deception or trickery, and despises those that do.
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[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Franchise/{{Superman}}, consistently, but given an especially provocative portrayal in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', where Superman plays this trope straight, subverts it, and reconstructs all over the course of the story.
** In fact that ends up being the way they challenge the InvincibleHero in many of his better stories, putting things in front of him that could legitimately compel him to break this character type or putting him up against less ideal sort of hero (frequently Franchise/{{Batman}}) to make a case for being an ideal hero versus being a more "pragmatic" hero. Some of his most crippling defeats were victorious battles that could only be won by breaking one of his rules.
* Creator/DCComics' [[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]] is even ''more'' ideal than Superman is ([[DarkerAndEdgier at least until]] the {{New 52}}).
* CaptainAmerica is Marvel Comics' moral equivalent to Superman.
** Little wonder, then, that the two would be combined into the character Super-Soldier in the ComicBook/AmalgamUniverse.
* [[{{Spider-Man}} Spidey]] is mostly this in his own series and team ups, [[MyGreatestFailure aside from doubting himself]], [[ButtCuckooLander being a goofy motor mouth]] and being [[ButtMonkey generally awkward]], he is Marvel's most lovable and warm hearted hero who always does the selfless and right thing for anyone and anything in his career only second or rivaling the Captain himself and in the future is destined to be the greatest hero of all according to Cable.
* {{Tintin}}, a teenage detective/reporter. He'd risk his life to save yours, even if you just tried to kill him not five minutes prior; he's just ''that'' noble and uncompromising on his principles. In spite of being ''that'' forgiving towards his enemies, he's also a textbook case of GoodIsNotDumb.
* ''{{Asterix}}'' is one of these - kind, does the right thing all the time, won't fight physically unless there are no better options even though he has super strength, always stands up for people who are suffering, and plays by the rules. However, he also has a sneaky side, especially in earlier stories.
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* [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] [[HeroicArchetype was designed to be one]]. Contrast him to [[AntiHero Han Solo]], and ''especially'' to [[APupilOfMineUntilHeTurnedToEvil his own father]] .
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[[folder: Literature]]
* Michael, a Knight of the Cross, in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''.
* R. A. Salvatore's ''ForgottenRealms'' character [[TheLegendOfDrizzt Drizzt Do'Urden]], the heroic dark elf ranger who rebelled against the evil of his people and fled to the surface world, where he had to overcome a huge amount of prejucide, but always remained unquestioningly true to the ideal in his heart that made him rebel in the first place.
* Although not the main character, Carrot Ironfounderson from the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' series is a walking paragon of an Ideal Hero
* ''Literature/TheOdyssey'' features Odysseus, who may well be the TropeMaker, making it OlderThanDirt. However, in ''Literature/TheIliad'' he's not so admirable. And in ancient times Odysseus had detractors, who thought that an Ideal Hero shouldn't rely so much on [[GuileHero guile]].
* Although SolomonKane is typically classified as a AntiHero, he could arguably fall under this instead. He never compromises his princples, nor does he question what the proper course of action is when he encounters someone who needs help (or, if they are beyond help, someone who deserves to be avenged). In ''The Blue Flame of Vengeance'', he even tries to talk one of the villains into giving up the fight and walking away from the evil men said villain has entangled himself with; when the villain [[spoiler:refuses to accept his offer and subsequently dies, Solomon becomes visibly grieved]].
* KingArthur and Galahad definitely, and a lot of the other knights of the Round Table come close.
* ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'': Kahlan and Richard are this, just keep in mind it's AynRand's ideals
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* Most incarnations of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]. Fourth and Fifth are probably the most obvious ones.
* Constable Benton Fraser on DueSouth is the ideal Mountie in every possible way.
* Captain Picard of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' is ''the'' pinnacle of 24th-century enlightened humanity, to the point that he's chosen as their representative when Q puts the species on trial. He favors diplomacy to force whenever possible, respects all forms of life, has no greater desire than to learn and explore, and knows exactly when to disobey the InsaneAdmiral or violate the Prime Directive.\\
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The only time this portrayal is played with is in ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'' when he briefly [[RevengeBeforeReason becomes consumed with getting revenge on the Borg even at the expense of his crew]]. When Lilly confronts him and compares him to Captain Ahab, he realizes his mistakes and regains his nobility.
** An argument once given in the eternal Kirk vs Picard debate was presented as such: Kirk is the kind of Captain and leader who many people would love to go on an adventure with and have a beer with afterwards, Picard is the kind many would willingly follow right into hell itself.
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[[folder: Roleplay]]
* ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' had quite a few such agents, especially early on. Zenna, Rex (at least, prior to the Adventurers' Island arc), Andrew, Zachary (pre-Stromling), and David being good examples- and that's just among primary characters. Pierce could also be considered an example, although justified by the fact that he's a doctor.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Mario in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
* Link in ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda''.
* Sora of ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts''.
* After a parade of [[AntiHero anti heroes]] and [[BloodKnight blood thirsty warriors]] in video games of all genres, almost a [[ReconstructedTrope reconstruction]], really, can be found in choosing to be a Paragon with Shepard in ''Franchise/MassEffect''.
** However, Paragon Shepard does enter GoodIsNotSoft often (especially in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''), is a CombatPragmatist, and every now and then breaks the law. But s/he only does so when [[GoodIsNotDumb s/he has no other choice.]]
*** Really, alternate titles for Paragon and Renegade could be Nice and Jackass. They both always get the job done, no matter what.
* Eliwood of ''[[FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem 7: Blazing Blade]]''.
* Hilbert in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' [[HeroicWannabe really, really wants]] to be this kind of hero, but he [[WrongGenreSavvy rapidly finds that he's in the wrong genre]]. He still manages to be ''much'' more heroic than is typical for the setting, and of five characters who JumpedAtTheCall, he's the only one who doesn't become a FallenHero.
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': No matter [[MultipleEndings what the route]], Emiya Shirou [[InvokedTrope tries to be an]] Ideal Hero. However, the story challenges the idea of the ideal hero and whether it's really an attainable goal for any psychologically normal person. [[spoiler:The answer it comes to is no, not really, and it won't make you happy to be one either. It's still an admirable goal even if you can't do it, though, and even the bitter Archer (an Alternate Future version of Shirou) still finds the dream beautiful.]]
** His adopted father [[LightNovel/FateZero Kiritsugu]] further [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]], as he learned throughout his years as a Hitman it is impossible to save everyone. His goal in the grail war is to make the world a better place, too bad it was all in vain.
* Ferwin and Pyan Pau in ''VideoGame/TheSpiritEngine2''. [[spoiler:Charlotte]] seems to be this at first, but is actually a subversion.
* Ramza, from ''FinalFantasyTactics'' is one of these. Problem is, he's in [[CrapsackWorld Ivalice]], and is [[ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight trying to stop]] a [[AncientConspiracy massive conspiracy]] of {{manipulative bastard}}s who start a war resulting in [[MoralEventHorizon over a million dead]] as a distraction. NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished, as [[TheGreatestStoryNeverTold the ending]] [[{{Unperson}} of the game shows]], though the epilogue gives some hope that eventually the truth was discovered, centuries later.
* The Hero of the ''QuestForGlory'' series can be played this way, while ThePaladin ''is'' this trope. The player is outright told by Rakeesh that the Paladin must do what is ''right'', even if the right thing to do isn't lawful (in ''Quest for Glory III'' he breaks the law to give food to a convicted thief). His powers are also based around honorable behavior (doing good deeds, being honest) and performing dishonorable acts will cost him the use of his abilities.
* Leonhardt Raglen in ''VideoGame/RecordOfAgarestWar'' is the most heroic protagonist out of the entire series as he is selfless, responsible, all-loving, willing to sacrifice his life for a little girl who is hunted by his very own nation, and is {{Badass}} enough to kill the guy who killed him in the first place.
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[[folder: WebOriginal]]
* Skyhawk, one of the superheroes of Boston in the WhateleyUniverse. He always tries to do the right thing, and stands for morality and righteousness. Most of Team Kimba views him as a big dork, and his determination to do things the right way very nearly got Generator and Bladedancer killed by supervillains.
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[[folder: Other]]
* The song ''Holding Out For A Hero'' by Bonnie Tyler may possibly be describing one of these:
-->''Where have all the good men gone and where are all the gods?\\
Where's the street-wise Hercules to fight the rising odds?\\
Isn't there a white knight upon a fiery steed?\\
Late at night I toss and I turn and I dream of what I need...''
* JohnCena is a ProfessionalWrestling example of this
* Optimus Prime from ([[TransformersShatteredGlass almost]]) every incarnation of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}''.
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